For Immediate Release

Contact:
Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law

2009-04-23

UW School of Law Holds Position for Rankings

SEATTLE - US News and World Report has ranked the UW School of Law at 30, holding the same position as the previous year, in the magazine's annual look at America's best graduate schools. The law school at the University of Washington continues to be ranked in the top ten of public law schools in the U.S.

The UW School of Law was reported a 98.9% employment rate, a 88.4% bar passage rate for UW law school 2008 graduates and a student-to-faculty ratio of 11.6%.

USNWR ranked the specialty law programs at the UW School of Law as follows:

  • Tax Law ranked at 19
  • Intellectual Property ranked at 18 (up from 20 in 2008)
  • Clinical Law ranked at 30

In addition, USNWR has ranked the UW Information School Law Librarianship Program number one for the fourth year in a row. The Law Librarianship Program at UW was created in 1940 is designed to prepare lawyers with an existing J.D. degree to serve as law librarians in courts, federal and state government, law schools, corporations, and law firms. The program is directed by Associate Dean for Library and Computing Services Penny Hazelton.

Established in 1899 and accredited by the American Bar Association since 1924, the UW School of Law is located in William H. Gates Hall on the Seattle campus. The law school has 66 full-time faculty members, over 500 J.D. students and 135 graduate students. It is home to top ranked graduate programs in intellectual property, tax law, and Asian law, as well as the William H. Gates Public Service Law Program.